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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

LOCALmotion - Jozelle Smith

Feng Shui from A to Z - Janet Mitsui Brown

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

Special Features Writer - Sandra Coopersmith

Ruth's Truths - Ruth Morris

Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought – Burning Bridges

Just a Thought – Burning Bridges

There are often contradictory proverbs. “Honesty is the best policy,” goes in opposition to “Discretion is the better part of valor.” In deciding to publish Scott Bridges’ farewell to the Culver City News, I thought about “The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” as much as “Brevity is the soul of wit.” While not very brief and more than a bit greasy, Bridges did lean on a [...]

More Than a Thought – Read This

More Than a Thought – Read This

This is the kind of stuff that gives organized labor a bad name. The convoluted idea that we cannot have support in our schools unless we're doing it under union rules is so toxic, it's poisonous. Before you go to the school board meeting tonight, read this. First, the back story, which has been on a slow simmer for years. The Classified Employees Union is threatening to sue over volunteers in [...]

Just A Thought – Komen, PP and the Cure

Just A Thought – Komen, PP and the Cure

It's been a whirlwind of pink ribbons being torn down, letting in some much needed light. It's been an avalanche of cash turning in another direction. It's been the talk of the town. As someone who has been female my entire life, I have to say it's good to see the light shining. With the news of Karen Handel's resignation, the light gets even brighter. We do not need charities that allegedly [...]

Just a Thought – Help Wanted

Just a Thought – Help Wanted

When I picked up the Culver City News from my driveway on Friday evening, I thought I'd give it a glace.  What caught my attention was a change in the staff box, and far more interesting, a "Help Wanted" ad buried in the legal classified section on page 19. The position of Editor at the CC News is once again up for grabs. As someone who feels uniquely qualified to comment, let me just say [...]

Just A Thought- Completely Preoccupied (81,291 Pageviews So Far…)

Just A Thought- Completely Preoccupied (81,291 Pageviews So Far…)

I was on the phone with Patrick Meighan last night, and we were trading numbers and sighing in disbelief. It was a week ago that he sent me his piece about getting arrested with Occupy Los Angeles, and why corporate corruption inspired his protest. As of Saturday, Dec. 10, Culver City Crossroads had 81, 291 pageviews, (as per Google Analytics) hundreds of comments, and emails from New York, [...]

Just a Thought – A Close Race to Last Place

Just a Thought – A Close Race to Last Place

There is something about watching the autumn rain fall that fills me with peace. While my Sunday nap is interrupted by another robo-call every 15 minutes, I recall Tuesday is Election Day and the feeling of peace I will have on Wednesday will be even better than that. It’s going to be a very close race, and while the top three candidates have each put out their best, the bottom two have [...]

Just a Thought – Candidates and Coffee

Just a Thought – Candidates and Coffee

When I sat down in a living room Sunday night to attend a coffee for school board candidate Nancy Goldberg, I found myself back in a familiar political scene. I had attended coffee parties for both Scott Zeidman and Laura Chardiet last weekend, and I felt that I needed to get all three candidates on the same page to write things up. The week in between these events was so filled, so over-filled, [...]

Just A Thought- Home and Away

Just A Thought- Home and Away

Summer is a festival unto itself. It’s essential to have time to  change gears and do things differently for a while. I’m lucky to be a part of a community that has so much going on; the wonderful concerts, the theater in the park, the storytelling at the library. Living here gives me such a sense of abundance. It’s never a question of “what can we do?” but only of “which would we [...]

Just A Thought – Power/Play

Just A Thought – Power/Play

There was a tense moment a few months ago at a school board meeting, when the discussion of placing solar panels on the school grounds got very heated. The head of the sustainability committee, Todd, was trying not to show how exasperated he was with the assistant superintendent of business service, Ali, over the lack of progress. Several members of the school board (Pat, Kathy, Steve) added in [...]

Just a Thought – Do Something !

Just a Thought – Do Something !

At the school board meeting on Feb. 8, the discussion of capital projects came up late in the evening, after an already emotional agenda. Proponents of the new sports complex, advocates of the needed renovations at the Robert Frost Theater, and parents passionate about solar power all spoke to the board. Seasoned community activist Alan Elmont framed it this way; “You are the third school board [...]

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